Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Red, White, and Blue Decor that Isn't a Flag

If you love red, white, and blue decor for summer here is your reminder that you don't have to drape flags all over your house to achieve the festive look you are looking for. I believe flags are meant to be flown respectfully, not used as decorations. If you like to decorate with flags, that is great, I just don't.
Red, White, and Blue Decor that Isn't a Flag
These recently sourced items add perfect vintage Americana style to any home. Keep reading to learn about the details on these thrifted finds.
Red, White, and Blue Decor that Isn't a Flag
The blue wood box is homemade and has lots of compartments in it. It makes a great display piece open, but could be set on a table closed as a lift that adds some color. The vintage white and blue tablecloth and other vintage linens add color and pattern.
Red, White, and Blue Decor that Isn't a Flag
The mosaic tile barn art is a nice piece of folk art. The red ceramic berry basket can be used to hold berries or flowers.
Red, White, and Blue Decor that Isn't a Flag
The colors in this vintage still life incorporate the summer scheme without being too literal.
Red, White, and Blue Decor that Isn't a Flag
A cotton navy blue striped blanket in a red gingham lined wire basket holding a bicentennial plate and a faux red geranium all speak of summer.
Red, White, and Blue Decor that Isn't a Flag
Blue tin graniteware, a gold bell sitting on red stool, vintage books all incorporate more Americana without being too over the top. Remember to have fun when sourcing new items for your home and look for things that convey the mood or theme that you want to create without being too literal. Subtle touches are better design than over-the-top.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Rustic Refined Vignette

Vignettes--if you have been here before you have probably heard (read) me talking about vignettes. Vignettes, displays, groupings, a still life, whatever you want to call them, are a simple and lovely way to bring your and your family's personalities into the home. Vignettes organize the small objects we collect and treasure and love into eye-pleasing displays that are interesting to look at. They help objects to feel connected rather than scattered about your home in a cluttered, willy-nilly fashion.

Here is a vignette I put together with recently sourced objects. While these items will be for sale in my pop-up shop, I am 'teaching" you how to create exciting vignettes. Keep reading to see why this works and how you can use these principals in your home.
Rustic Refined Vignette with Thrifted Finds
Objects in a vignette should be interesting and mean something to you. They should provoke visitors in your home to ask questions and want to look more. Antiques and vintage finds, art that you love, pieces that you can't part with are all perfect for your home displays.

Start by gathering objects with a similar theme or feel. You won't use everything, you must play and edit as you go. Decide where you want to create your vignette. It doesn't have to be on a bookshelf. Vignettes can be on top of cupboards, on small tables, on a chair or bench, on a mantle. I placed this vignette on a small wood table. Because it has a pink formica top, I covered it with a deer wall hanging. You can't really see the deer scene, but it helps to incorporate the colors and texture and covers the ugly tabletop. 
Rustic Refined Vignette with Thrifted Finds
Use different materials--wood, metal, natural objects, fabric with texture. LAYER items. The art propped on the box edge against the wood blanket ladder can't be completely seen, but it incorporates color and invites you to look further.
Rustic Refined Vignette with Thrifted Finds
Repeat colors and materials. There is green in the horse barn painting, in the branches, the candles, the pinecone pottery dish. This painting is a print on canvas. It is old and is by Robert Roche, circa 1960. It is entitled Saratoga Horse Haven and is more of a horse racing style. But the greens and wood horse stalls work with this more rustic style as well.
Rustic Refined Vignette with Thrifted Finds
The dark wood boxes and the lighter wood elements unify the vignette. The top on this small wood box twists and is a spice box. Sitting it on top of an old book makes it feel a little more important and not so "lonely" sitting on the corner of the big wood box.
wood spice box with a twisting lid
Brass candlesticks, a metal barrel hoop handle, a brass bell (in the small wood box) repeat the metal aspects. These brass candlesticks are very old and a real find.
Rustic Refined Vignette with Thrifted Finds
Use items in an unusual or interesting way and solve problems creatively. I wanted to show off one of the beautiful pictures in this old 1958 Animals of North America book. There is a full page picture every 3 pages. The book is propped up on a wood box inside the wood box, but it wouldn't stay open on the picture side. An old wood pant hanger with advertising on it was the perfect solution. Not only does it hold the book open, but it adds another wood element.
Rustic Refined Vignette with Thrifted Finds
Create loose symmetry in your vignettes. The candlesticks mimic the the upright sides on the ladder. The rectangle art and the rectangle book fool the eye into thinking that they are symmetrical. Symmetry and repeated elements keeps the eyes moving. 

The hoop handle on the small wood box introduces another shape that contrasts the square lines of most items. The round pottery dish matches the hoop handle
Rustic Refined Vignette with Thrifted Finds
I like stuff--I like things with history, items that evoke a memory or are handed down. I love vintage art and nature and old stuff. But, believe it or not, I do NOT like clutter. I am maybe a maximalist in a minimalist way. Creating vignettes allows me to be both, to have the things but to display them in an organized way that is visually appealing.
Rustic Refined Vignette with Thrifted Finds
And my last tip is take pictures with your phone. When I first took a picture of this vignette, the table was too far to the left. I didn't see it with my eye, but did see it in the picture, oh and don't take it too seriously, have fun, add and subtract. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Setting a Summer Table with Thrift Store Find

Rats, thwarted by Mother Nature again. I was all set to share an al fresco, summer table setting when big, dark clouds rolled on in. So, instead I staged this cheerful summer tablescape in our AIR BNB.
Setting a Summer Table with Thrift Store Find
When I think summer colors bright sunny yellow, blue, and green come to mind. Thrifted items come together with that perfect summery color scheme.
Setting a Summer Table with Thrift Store Find
A vintage, yellow gingham, square tablecloth with embroidered corners sets the tone.
Setting a Summer Table with Thrift Store Find
Bright yellow Fiesta Ware dishes, blue, tin, granite plates, and vintage, plastic, yellow cups with green cloth napkins in them all incorporate my summer color plan.
Setting a Summer Table with Thrift Store Find
Thrifted serving dishes add more color and a vintage, green, crinkle glass vase with thrifted faux sunflowers complete this happy table setting. 
Setting a Summer Table with Thrift Store Find
I am looking forward to many summer meals on the back porch I just need the sunshine to get ready!